Tarapur nuclear plant discharge endangering marine life: Ram Naik

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New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) Claiming that the hot water discharged by the cooling plant of the 1,080 MW Tarapur nuclear power plant is endangering marine life, former Union Petroleum Minister Ram Naik has urged Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to get the water examined scientifically.

The hot water discharged into the sea has to be at least five degrees colder than the sea water. However, the hot water discharged is endangering the fish life and the catch was less compard to earlier times. ''We request this hot water should be examined from all scientific angles and this process stopped,'' Mr Naik said.

Raising the issue concerning the fishermen, he said the states were empowered to provide law and order in the sea upto 12 nautical miles within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) but the fishermen were venturing beyond this zone and there was no way of resolving the disputes beyond the specified area. ''Therefore, Parliament will have to come out with a special mechanism and enact a law to enforce order in the EEZ,'' he added.

Talking to mediapersons here, he urged the Centre to increase the diesel rebate of Rs four to support small fishermen. A special rebate of Rs 035 was given per litre of diesel in 1990 which was increased to Rs 1.50 in 2003. The prices had been increased three times in the last three years and it was now being sold at Rs 35 in Mumbai.

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